Title

Trusting Doctors: Tricky Business When It Comes to Clinical Trials

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-2001

ISSN

0006-8047

Publisher

Boston University School of Law

Language

en-US

Abstract

This article examines the troublesome ethical dilemmas arising out of physician conflicts of interest in the context of research on human beings. It focuses on the inevitable conflict between the objectives of clinical investigators and those of their human subjects to illuminate subtle divergences of interest in doctor-patient relationships that patients often do not recognize - or want to believe. Once perceived, however, these potentially corroding conflicts can stun research subjects and their families, and leave them feeling deeply betrayed by their clinicians. The article concludes that a researcher's substantial financial conflicts constitute material information which, absent compelling circumstances, the researcher ought to disclose to human subjects as a matter of course.

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